Ulcerative colitis

13/05/2009

Ulcerative colitis is a condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel ulcerative colitisdisease (IBD) that causes ulcers and inflammation in the inner lining of the colon and rectum. Symptoms are intermittent with long periods of remssion.  There is no evidence to suggest this condition is an autoimmune disease. The cause is yet unknown. however, it is effectively treated with immunosupressant medications and by dietary therapies to eliminate components from the diet that exacerbate symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs are also effective in treating this disease.

Symptoms:

  • diarrhea
  • bloody or mucus laced stools
  • mild to severe abdominal discomfort and cramps
  • weight loss

mucosal inflammation

Treatment:

  • it is effectively treated with immunosupressant medications
  • by dietary therapies to eliminate components from the diet that exacerbate symptoms
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs are also effetive in managing pain and discomfort

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